"Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a
pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American
experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities - as nothing
is more comforting than the hand of a friend."
"Juneteenth serves symbolically, and in reality, as a reference
point from which to measure and appreciate the progress and
contributions made by African Americans to this society."
"Juneteenth is a day on which honor and respect is paid
for the sufferings of slavery. It is a day on which we acknowledge the evils of slavery
and its aftermath. On Juneteenth we talk about our history and realize because of
it, there will forever be a bond between us."
"On Juneteenth we think about that moment in time when
the enslaved in Galveston, Texas received word of their freedom. We imagine the
depth of their emotions, their jubilant dance and their fear of the unknown."
"Juneteenth is a day that we commit to each other the
needed support as family, friends and co-workers. It is a day we build coalitions
that enhance African American economics."
"On Juneteenth we come together young and old to
listen, to learn and to refresh the drive to achieve. It is a day where we all take one
step closer together - to better utilize the energy wasted on racism. Juneteenth is a day
that we pray for peace and liberty for all."